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Penn State freshman offensive lineman Nate Bruce giving up football

Penn State freshman offensive lineman Nate Bruce giving up football

Penn State offensive lineman Nate Bruce, a four-star member of the Nittany Lions’ 2021 recruiting class, has given up football. Bruce confirmed the news to Lions247. He left the team during spring practice.

An early member of the Nittany Lions’ last recruiting class, the Harrisburg (Pa.) High product committed to Penn State in October of 2019 before the Nittany Lions’ White Out win over Michigan. He signed with the Nittany Lions in December of 2020 and joined the program as an early enrollee in January. Bruce was a four-star recruit and the No. 90 overall player from the class of 2021 according to 247Sports.

Bruce was part of a two-man high school offensive line class that also included Landon Tengwall. The two were paired as roommates upon arrival and both impressed in the weight room in their first few months on campus despite their different backgrounds, Penn State Director of Performance Enhancement Dwight Galt said back in March.

“Big Nate, he came in 30 pounds more and doesn’t quite have the same training background as Landon did, but I tell you one thing, Nate is a special athlete and a special kid,” Galt said. “He’s been phenomenal. This is all totally new to him. He never really trained like he has these last eight weeks. Talk about adapting quickly. He did a really good job and he is tremendously strong. He has a great natural strength, every day he comes in and does more than he did the last day.”

Listed at 6-foot-4, 351 pounds on the official roster, Bruce made it to the start of spring ball but left the team a short time later. He did not appear in either of the scrimmages that were open to the media in the spring.

Bruce was a three-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite rankings in the last cycle. He was the nation’s No. 39 interior offensive lineman and the No. 14 prospect in Pennsylvania. Harrisburg went 4-0 during his senior season before the Cougars were forced to miss playoffs due to COVID-19. Bruce was a three-year letterman in high school, a two-time team captain and a two-time All-State performer.

Everybody around me describes me as a big teddy bear, because I am,” he said in the fall on the Lions247 Podcast. “Nobody would know how aggressive I am on the field. But the linemen I play against hate me. They never like me.

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